Patriot Guard Riders – Unsung Wake Forest Heroes

Today while you were busy at work, meeting deadlines, filling orders, or trying to make a sale, a silent event took place that you would never have known about.

A sad occurrence is not a time for celebration. It’s a time for mourning and grieving and that’s what the family of one Wake Forest-Rolesville High School graduate did today. They buried their beloved family member in a beautiful ceremony.

But this story is not about the 33-year-old U.S. Marine veteran man who recently and tragically passed away. This story is about the Patriot Guard Riders who selflessly give their time and respect to members of the military, police, and fire departments by accompanying the funeral processions at the request of the family.

Wake Forest Police Department Officer Boone offers his silent salute to the funeral procession.
Wake Forest Police Department Officer Boone, a veteran himself, offers his silent salute to the funeral procession.

You don’t have to be a red, white, and blue to the bone conservative to appreciate the Patriot Guard Riders. In fact the volunteer nonprofit group itself says they are not about any one point-of-view.

“We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.” – Source

I’m sure if I talked to a group of riders they would attempt to deflect the attention from them and back to honoring the person who passed. In fact I know that to be the case because that’s exactly what happened today when I spoke to a few who were involved. They don’t like the attention so the end result is the Patriot Guard Riders don’t get the respect they deserve and are often misunderstood.

So I think the best way to thank the local Patriot Guard Riders who serve and served today is just to watch them in action and volunteering through this short video.

5 thoughts on “Patriot Guard Riders – Unsung Wake Forest Heroes”

  1. These are the best people I know. They give unselfishly of their time. They "stand for those who stood for us" It may not always be a Military Funeral. It might be a Homecoming…When you get to know them, you have a friend forever…

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